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The Argus: Man died after falling 11-stores from hospital building site

Kent Online: 'More education needed' after 'super-fit' graduate's death

Get Surrey: South Western Railway 'not sustainable' says transport secretary Grant Shapps as long-term fear grows

Chichester Observer: Felpham deer beheading: Company will work with police

Eastbourne Herald: Flooded Hailsham road ‘needs a good tidy up’

Crawley and Horley Observer: County council paid £4million to unsuccessful highways contract bidder

Worthing Herald: Ford Airfield: First look at plans for up to 1,500 new homes

Mid Sussex Times: Body found in Broadbridge Heath believed to be missing Rudgwick man

Brighton & Hove News: Brighton security guard denies cat stabbings

Hastings Observer: Man dies after falling from window of Hastings property

Brighton & Hove Independent: Warning of ‘widespread disruption’ risk at Gatwick Airport as staff move towards strike action

Rise in unemployment in South East

Unemployment graph
BBC

Unemployment in the South East rose in the three months ending November 2019.

While it remains among the lowest levels in the country, the unemployment rate for people aged 16 years and over has risen by 0.2% since August to 3.3%.

It remains below the UK average of 3.8%, according to the Office of National Statistics.

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The Argus: Cancer patient's fears over mould in Brighton flat

Kent Online: £800 fine after can thrown from car

Get Surrey: Surrey named pothole capital of England

Chichester Observer: Victim of pervert Chichester priest speaks out

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man pleads guilty after women injured inside property

Crawley and Horley Observer: No trains to run between Horsham and Dorking for 5 days

Worthing Herald: Armed police and fire service respond to incident in Worthing

Mid Sussex Times: Watch driver ram Sussex Police car before speeding wrong way down major road

Brighton & Hove News: Woman run over on pedestrian crossing in Hove

Hastings Observer: Bexhill woman charged after charity box stolen

Brighton & Hove Independent: Sussex family arrive home from holiday with a scorpion in their suitcase

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The Argus: Motorist rescued as Storm Brendan causes chaos

Kent Online: School fines parents for late pick-ups

Get Surrey: GoFundMe page launched for teenager killed by train

Chichester Observer: Consultation into school closure to go ahead

Eastbourne Herald: Disability campaigners call for improved access

Crawley and Horley Observer: Dog waits 250 days to find a home

Worthing Herald: Singing group set up in memory of woman killed in collision

Mid Sussex Times: Sussex family find scorpion in suitcase after holiday

Brighton & Hove News: Two hundred and fifty new homes planned for Moulsecoomb

Hastings Observer: Woman injured as car overturns in collision

Brighton & Hove Independent: LGBTQ+ church collection supports Brighton HIV charity with bathroom staples

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The Argus: Gang's crowbar break-in 'like something out of a movie'

Kent Online: Proposed Cliffe Woods retirement scheme 'looks like prison'

Get Surrey: Hampshire tips £5 charge to be introduced for out of county residents

Chichester Observer: Six divers had to be rescued after the charter boat they were sailing on suffered a machinery failure.

Eastbourne Herald: Labrador stolen from farm believed to have been enticed by burger

Crawley and Horley Observer: Remembering when Crawley was hit by the 2010 Big Freeze

Worthing Herald: Worthing has had its second People’s Postcode Lottery win in six days.

Mid Sussex Times: Playground redevelopment in East Grinstead

Brighton & Hove News: Plans for flats above ‘at-risk’ pub approved

Hastings Observer: Hastings and Rye MP’s calls for action on rail improvements

Brighton & Hove Independent: Community rallies round Portslade school after vandals cause havoc

Police seek witness wearing Santa hat

Police have released CCTV images in a bid to find a man wearing a Santa hat, after an assault in Guildford.

Detectives believe he witnessed the attack, which left a man in hospital on Christmas Eve.

Police seek santa hat witness
Surrey Police

It happened in a car park in Bedford Road, about 03:20 GMT on 24 December, when the victim was punched and left with a head injury.

Bedford Road car park, Guildford
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The attack happened in this car park in Bedford Road

The man in the Santa hat was standing close to the incident.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and released under investigation.

Will there be more flooding?
BBC South East weather presenter Nina Ridge looks ahead to the weekend
Bird ringer David Ross takes the metrics of a redwing caught in a mist net
Experienced bird ringer David Ross examines a redwing and takes its metrics before release.
Robin trapped at Surrey reserve - for at least the second time
Trainee bird ringer Alex Bayley explains how he can tell whether the bird is an adult or a juvenile.
Helicopter shows South East England floods from the air
Aerial video shows floods in the south east of England, including the M23 which is closed.

'I'm missing my Christmas bonus because of this'

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

The M23 near Pease Pottage
Ellis Hart

Ellis Hart was on his way to a work Christmas meal, but missed it when he got stuck in the M23 backlog following severe flooding.

The stone restorer was stuck near to Pease Potage for more than two hours, after the motorway flooded.

Mr Hart, 26, said: "We were all going for a curry in London, paid for by the boss. It was our Christmas bonus.

"I was looking forward to that, but I've missed it now.

"I was meant to get the train, but saw the 10:04 was cancelled so jumped in the car to drive.

"I didn't check the traffic online, but there were no police, or signs anywhere to say the road was closed, or diverting people.

"I'm just glad I didn't bring my three kids with me. I was going to drop them off with my mum on the way."

Six hours ago Sussex Roads Police tweeted: "We are trying our best to get you turned around, but please be patient: with the road closure on, there's a lot of traffic to move into a very small space at Pease Pottage."

No opening time for flooded M23

The M23
Eddie MItchell

Highways England say there is no estimated opened time for reopening the M23, which is flooded across both carriageways between junctions 10 and 11.

However, the stream of water onto the road has been stemmed and they are "making progress", a spokesperson said.

Significant delays between Brighton and Gatwick

Services between Brighton and Gatwick have been vastly cut back as a result of the weather.

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Disruption expected until 14:00 GMT

Flooding on the tracks
Thameslink Railway

If you're travelling on the following routes your journey will be delayed by about two hours due to flooding on the tracks, Thameslink Railway has warned:

  • Between Brighton and Gatwick Airport:
  • To and from Uckfield
  • Warnham & Ockley
  • Mitcham Junction / Eastfields

People are advised to check before they travel.

Broken down cars blocking roads

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Simonir has hit problems on the way to Gatwick Airport.

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Passengers told not to travel

Southern
EPA

Southern is advising passengers not to travel between Brighton and Gatwick Airport.

Disruption is expected to continue until 14:00 GMT, the rail company said on its website.

Trains are still running between Gatwick Airport and London Bridge and London Victoria.

Passengers for stations south of Haywards Heath are advised to travel south to Brighton and travel via Barnham.

No trains at Gatwick

Southern Rail has warned commuters and holidaymakers there are no rail services between Brighton and Gatwick.

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South Western Railway strike: Commuter 'exhausted and stressed'
Alison Bunce says her commute from Surrey to London is now a five-hour round trip.